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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 21 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 21 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 21 MAR 2022 (13H30) UPDATE Judicial employees under Angola’s Supreme Court (TS) have commenced a two-week industrial action to demand an appropriate salary readjustment. TS Trade Union Commission Coordinator Domingos Feca has stated that the strike aims to equalise the salaries of TS employees with other superior courts in the country. This follows allegations of various remuneration injustices when comparing salaries of TS employees to those of the Constitutional Courts, Accounts and the Supreme Military. Feca has stated that the industrial action is set to be conducted in stages, the first being from 21 March 2022 to 01 April 2022, and thereafter between 18 April 2022 and 29 April 2022, between 16 May 2022 and 27 May 2022, and between 13 June 2022 and 24 June 2022. (06H00) Protest expected by Judicial officials of the Supreme Court of Angola from 21 March 2022 to 01 April 2022 to demand salary improvement. Judicial officials are expected to embark on industrial action and suspend services following the installation commission of the Judicial Employees Union of the Supreme Court ruling. Judicial officials have stated that the protest action period may be extended under the slogan, Without judicial employees, judges do not work, in addition to salary improvements, which aims to demand the safety and maintenance of equipment and facilities during the strike period. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes when travelling in affected areas. Police are aware of the situation.
- LUANDA – 21 MAR 2022 (10H20) Angolan medical workers affiliated with the National Union of Doctors of Angola (SINMEA) have relaunched a nationwide industrial action from today, 21 March 2022. This follows a series of recent strikes by the Union to protest against unacceptable remunerations and conditions as the COVID-19 pandemic has depleted public health services in the country. The Union is demanding a salary increase for doctors and an increase in benefits for wardens and employees on on-call duty. The Union has requested that the Government urgently respond to medical workers’ grievances to avoid a continuation of the strike action and the suspension of activities at hospitals across the country.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 21 MAR 2022
- KINSHASA – 21 MAR 2022 (13H10) East African Community (EAC) Secretary-General Peter Mathuki has confirmed that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is expected to be officially admitted to the EAC on 29 March 2022. Mathuki made the announcement during the launch of negotiations between the DRC and the EAC on the country’s admission into the EAC. This follows after the EAC’s Council of Ministers, the bloc’s highest decision-making organ, recently approved the DRC’s entry following the conclusion of a series of negotiations.
ESWATINI – 21 MAR 2022
- MBABANE – 21 MAR 2022 (15H00) The High Commission of India in Mbabane has announced the restoration of Tourist Visas for emaSwati and other foreign tourists under one-month, one-year, and five-years options. This follows as tourist visas remained suspended since March 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for new e-Tourist visas for eligible nationalities are available at the Indian e-Visa Portal. The Commission has stated that e-Business, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant, and e-Conference Visas are now also available for emaSwati. The Commission has stated that entry of Tourist Visa holders will be strictly permitted through designated Sea Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) and Airport ICPs by flights, subject to approval by the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India. Foreign nationals are not allowed entry into the country through land borders or riverine routes on Tourist Visas.
ETHIOPIA- 21 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 21 MAR 2022 (16H10) Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance has announced the Government’s decision to postpone the partial privatisation process of Ethio Telecom indefinitely. The Ministry has stated that recent economic developments and improving macroeconomic changes both globally and locally have prompted the postponement decision. This follows after the Ethiopian Government had previously proposed to partially privatise the state-owned Ethio Telecom, offering to sell 40% of the company’s equity. An additional 5% had also been offered for sale to the general Ethiopian public. The Government has stated that the accommodation of the improved macroeconomic situation and the continuously improving financial performance of Ethio Telecom is expected to result in better value for all parties involved.
GHANA – 21 MAR 2022
- BAWKU – 21 MAR 2022 (06H00) A Police operation has been launched by the Ghana Police Services. The Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) and the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) have increased security following increasing reports of recent shootings in the area. The operation is set to deploy members of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Ghana Police Services to increase visibility and security in the affected community.
- ACCRA – 21 MAR 2022 (18H00) The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice (CCJ) has initiated external court sessions at the Law Court Complex in Accra, Ghana, from today, 21 March 2021. The external court sessions are part of efforts to improve public access to the court for individuals who cannot afford the costs and logistics of travelling to the seat of the Court in Abuja, Nigeria. Authorities have stated that five justices of the CCJ are expected to deliver judgements for 25 of the cases listed for the external sittings, while 35 other cases are set to be heard before 01 April 2022.
KENYA – 21 MAR 2022
- MOKOWE – 21 MAR 2022 (09H05) The Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) has launched a Military search operation. This follows after the KDF fatally shot two alleged al-Shabab members, following the escape of another two members in the Boni Forest, Lamu county, on Sunday, 20 March 2022. Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia has stated that the search for the other members who escaped is ongoing.
- NAIROBI – 21 MAR 2022 (09H50) Kenya is expected to host the Power and Energy Africa meeting from 19 May 2022 until 21 May 2022 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi. The meeting is set to showcase new products and services. Members are being invited directly as well as in collaboration with regional trade bodies in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
LESOTHO – 21 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 21 MAR 2022 (15H20) The Commissioner of Financial Institutions at the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) has instructed all commercial banks in Lesotho to reduce charging fees pursuant to the Financial Institutions Act 2021 from 01 April 2022. The pricing directives follow an in-depth analysis and benchmarking exercise by CBL, followed by consultations with various banks, including Standard Lesotho Bank, Nedbank Lesotho, FNB Lesotho and Lesotho Post Bank. CBL Acting Governor Lehlomela Mohapi has stated that the directives intend to achieve inclusivity and enhance intermediation and competitive pricing of banking products and services. Mohapi has stated that the directive shall exist for a period of 24 months to 31 March 2024, at which it may be revised or upheld.
MADAGASCAR – 21 MAR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 21 MAR 2022 (17H00) The Government of Madagascar has confirmed the receipt of $10,7 million disbursed by the African Risk Capacity (ARC) to assist authorities address the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Batsirai. The funds are expected to be allocated towards recovery efforts such as the construction of temporary shelters, reconstructing residences, as well as providing seed and fertiliser to flood-impacted communities. Payout financing is also set to assist with food security by providing food rations and food supplements to affected civilians. The Malagasy National Disaster Management Agency (BNGRC) reported more than 124,000 people affected, with at least 29,000 displaced and 121 deaths following the tropical cyclone.
MALAWI – 21 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 21 MAR 2022 (11H40) UPDATE Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has launched the Mass Vaccination Campaign. The campaign was initiated in TA Kalolo at Chileka Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) and is set to continue until July 2022. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reportedly distributed 2,9 million polio vaccine doses to the 28 districts in addition to the installation of 220 vaccine refrigerators and the repairing of 135 others. Furthermore, the Ministry is expected to vaccinate an estimated 2,9 million children, regardless of their prior vaccination status, before July 2022. This is due to each round of vaccinations being scheduled for one month each. The campaign is expected to implement High-Quality Supplementary Immunisation Activities(SIA) with bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV). In addition, the campaign is expected to enhance surveillance for Polio and strengthen the routine immunisation for Polio through bOPV and Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV).
- LILONGWE – 21 MAR 2022 (14H25) The Presidency has announced the arrival of President Lazarus Chakwera at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe following the conclusion of his official working visit to New York, United States (US). During Chakwera’s visit to the US, the Head of State attended the first part of the Fifth United Nations (UN) Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UN-LDC5) at the UN Headquarters in New York. President Chakwera also travelled to Washington DC to engage in high profile meetings with various multinational organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
MOZAMBIQUE – 21 MAR 2022
- NACALA – 21 MAR 2022 (14H10) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has announced the approval of an amount of $1,4 million to expedite the functionality of the Humanitarian Operations Center (SHOC), based in Nacala, Mozambique. The disbursement of the amount has been approved during the organisation’s recent Council of Ministers meeting and is expected to be utilised for the provisional start-up activities of the Centre’s operations over the following three years, between 2022 and 2025. This aims to allow the organisation to coordinate response efforts to the risks of recently increasing natural disasters in the region.
- MAPUTO – 21 MAR 2022 (17H00) Portuguese Army Commander in Mozambique, Brigadier General Nuno Lemos Pires, has announced that the initial two Mozambican special operations companies formed under the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) are scheduled to conclude today, 21 March 2022. Pires has stated that, during the operation, 130 Naval and Army elements have been trained to combat terrorism in the Cabo Delgado province. The training of the first group of six tactical air controllers, to be integrated either into the Navy or Army contingents and oversee air support for missions, has also reportedly been completed. The EUTM officially commenced in November 2021, with an expected duration of two years, and is set to host 140 Military trainers over the period. The mission responds to the request for assistance by the Mozambican Government to prepare 1,100 Mozambican officers, sergeants and soldiers for service in Cabo Delgado. Of the 11 companies, two have been deployed to the province after having been trained in 2021, before the launch of the EUTM, under a bilateral defence agreement between Portugal and Mozambique.
NIGERIA – 21 MAR 2022
- OMOKU – 21 MAR 2022 (08H20) Niger Delta Youth Movement (NDYM) National President, Joe Jackson, has allegedly been dismissed from his position. Jacksons’ removal follows due to a meeting that had taken place on Sunday, 20 March 2022, where members of the NDYM discussed his alleged abuse of office following several complaints made against him in addition to his refusal to call a meeting with the National Electoral Commission (NEC). Following the meeting, the party invoked section 11(a) of the Constitution, stating that the National Assembly may implement laws for the Federation or any part thereof concerning the maintenance and securing of public safety. Deputy National President Amutadi Uba Tega has been elected to fill the seat of Acting National President per section 14 sub-article 2(a) of the Constitution, which stated that sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom the Government through this Constitution derives all its powers and authority.
- KADUNA – 21 MAR 2022 (14H00) The Kaduna State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in the Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas (LGAs) with immediate effect. The announcement follows the deaths of at least 15 people during the recent unrest in Kagoro on Sunday evening, 20 March 2022. Internal Security and Home Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruwan has stated that the measure aims to assist security agencies in stabilising the situation in the area and enabling the restoration of law and order. The Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs has reportedly stated that security agencies have complete authorisation to enforce the curfew, calling on members of the public to ensure full cooperation with the measure.
- ONNE – 21 MAR 2022 (16H40) The Nigerian Navy has announced the arrests of 13 Nigerian nationals onboard a vessel conveying fortified and auctioned crude oil from MV KOME XVIII with a forged document. Naval Headquarters Director of Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, has stated that both the vessel, identified as Motor Tanker Harbor Spirit, and the suspects have been handed over to the Forward Operating Base Bonny for further investigation and possible handover for prosecution. The arrests follow approximately two days after the arrest of another vessel for unauthorised possession of petroleum products without valid documentation. The arrests follow the launch of the Navy’s Operation Obangame Express, consisting of multinational maritime exercises in West Africa with 32 other countries participating in their respective maritime areas.
RWANDA – 21 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 21 MAR 2022 (14H50) The Court of Appeal has postponed the verdict of the National Liberation Front-Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (FLN-MRCD) appeal trial to April 2022. The postponement aims to allow judges additional time to deliberate on the matter. Francois Regis Rukundakuvuga, who presided over the bench of three justices, has stated that the 30 days period that the court had set for itself to evaluate the case is not sufficient due to the volume of the file and the number of accused. The trial follows after the FLN had been convicted of terrorism in September 2021 by the High Court Chamber for International and Cross-border Crimes (HCCICC). The appeal trial commenced in January 2022. The accused are set to reappear before the Court of Appeal on 04 April 2022.
TANZANIA – 21 MAR 2022
- DODOMA – 21 MAR 2022 (10H50) President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to launch the water project at the Mlandizi-Mboga-Chalinze areas in the coastal region. The project is expected to provide 9,3 million cubic litres of water to the affected areas. The project initially requires water pipes to be installed from Mlandizi to the Mboga village, covering approximately 59 kilometres (km). Coastal Region Commissioner has stated that they are expected to supervise the implementation of the project. Tanzania has accumulated an estimated TZS480 billion for the 2022/2023 budget.
ZAMBIA – 21 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 21 MAR 2022 (07H00) Service disruptions are expected to occur in Lusaka. The Ministry of Health has announced that the medical supply shortage is due to the Zambia Medicine and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA’s) lack of operationalisation in the procurement of narcotics. This follows after a mandate had been set for the procurement of narcotics by ZAMMSA.
- LUSAKA – 21 MAR 2022 (17H20) The Zambian Government has cancelled a $1,2 billion contract awarded to a Chinese company for the expansion of a national road linking the capital, Lusaka, and the town of Ndola in Zambia’s Copperbelt province. The Government has reportedly cited overpricing of the project, which had been signed under the previous Patriotic Front regime, as the reason for its cancellation. In 2017, former President Edgar Lungu launched the reconstruction and a dual carriageway expansion of the 321-kilometre (km) Lusaka-Ndola road. China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (CJIC) had been set to implement the road project, scheduled for completion within approximately four years.
ZIMBABWE – 21 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 21 MAR 2022 (16H25) Vice President and Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga has announced that Zimbabwe’s Government is strengthening its national COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Chiwenga has stated that the move follows amid a recent decrease in vaccine uptake among the country’s citizens that need urgent attention. The Minister has further noted that, in an effort to address the challenges, the Government is collaborating with stakeholders to conduct a mass vaccination campaign blitz that aims to vaccinate individuals above the age of 12 years. Chiwenga has noted that the vaccination campaign is expected to be conducted in two phases throughout March, April and May 2022.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 21 MAR 2022
- REP. CONGO: The Ugandan Embassy in Kinshasa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government are expected to host a joint Business Forum between 22 March 2022 and 24 March 2022.
- ZIMBABWE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa has proclaimed Saturday, 26 March 2022 as the date of the by-elections to fill the vacant National Assembly constituency seats and council wards as required by the Constitution.
- NIGERIA: The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the Party has instead notified the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC of its decision to conduct zonal congresses on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
- ZIMBABWE: The National Assembly is expected to hold by-elections for vacancies in the National Assembly on 26 March 2022.
- ZIMBABWE: The National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Zimtrade, has announced that the 2022 Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade & Investment Conference will be held in Harare from 28 March 2022 to 01 April 2022.
- ZIMBABWE: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially launch the 2022 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), which is scheduled to be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, from 26 April 2022 and 30 April 2022.
- NIGERIA: The Nigerian Supreme Court has set 06 May 2022 as the date to deliver judgement on a suit regarding the disputed ownership of 21 oil wells between the Rivers and the Imo States.
- KENYA: Kenya is expected to host the Power and Energy Africa meeting from 19 May 2022 until 21 May 2022 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
- MOZAMBIQUE: President of the Republic Filipe Nyusi is expected to launch the 8th Edition of the Mining, Oil, Gas and Energy of Mozambique event from 02 June 2022 until 03 June 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo.
- RWANDA: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have announced the week of 20 June 2022 as the date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
- RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
- ANGOLA: Energy Capital and Power (ECP) has announced that the 2022 Edition of Angola Oil and Gas (AOG) is expected to be held from 29 November 2022 until 01 December 2022.
- NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
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